PSNC appoints Sue Killen as new chair

PSNC appoints Sue Killen as new chair

July 15, 2019

Sue Killen has been appointed as non-executive Chair of PSNC.

Sue brings a wealth of experience from working in government and the third sector and will take up the post at PSNC on 1st September 2019. She replaces Sir Michael Pitt who will complete four years as Chair at the end of August.

Sue previously worked as Chief Executive of first-aid charity St John Ambulance for ten years and she is also a former interim Chief Executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She is currently Vice Chair of the UK’s largest social housing association, Clarion; Chair of its charitable foundation and Chair of the Katie Piper Foundation.

Sue was formerly a Director General in the Civil Service. During a long Civil Service career she worked in a wide range of roles including leading an independent review of children’s palliative care and tackling the impact of drug misuse. She has held a range of Non-Executive Director and Trustee roles over the last 20 years.

Sue’s role at PSNC will include chairing all PSNC meetings; overseeing the governance of PSNC and championing and building strategic support for community pharmacy.

Sue Killen said:

“I am delighted to take on this role at such an important time for the future of community pharmacy. I know from my previous roles what an essential role pharmacists play in community health. I believe strongly that the NHS Long Term Plan provides an opportunity to develop this further and to secure greater recognition for the vital role community pharmacists play.”

PSNC Chief Executive, Simon Dukes, said:

“It is a pleasure to welcome Sue Killen to PSNC and we are looking forward to drawing on her wealth of experience and skills to help us in our work. Sue will undoubtedly prove a key asset as we work to promote community pharmacy to policy makers and to guide the sector through the potentially radical changes ahead. We would also like to thank Sir Mike Pitt for all his work on behalf of PSNC and community pharmacies over the past four years, helping to steer the Committee through some particularly challenging times.”

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